Kanban Zone: Enabling Agile and Lean Project Management

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Dimitri Ponomareff, CEO and Co-Founder
Every organization aims to optimize its workflow to enable higher productivity levels and deliver better quality products and services. While several techniques exist for workflow process improvement, the Kanban methodology is gaining traction within many industries due to its straightforward approach. Kanban—which translates to signboard in Japanese—follows a set of principles and practices for managing and improving workflow and promotes continuous improvements to an organization’s processes. Arizona-based Kanban Zone offers a visual process/ project management solution that embraces the Kanban philosophy and helps individuals, teams, and entire organizations improve the way they collaborate in real-time. “We provide the most effective online Kanban tool on the market, allowing you to create any Kanban system you can imagine and Kanban experts to help you be successful.” says Dimitri Ponomareff, Co-Founder and CEO of Kanban Zone.

An important thing to note is that Kanban Zone aims to collaborate with clients that are already knowledgeable about Kanban. For clients new to Kanban, the company provides coaching and training to help them take full advantage of Kanban. A member from Kanban Zone’s team of Kanban experts is assigned to each account to provide hands-on expertise and support, not only to set up the initial system but throughout the journey. In order to be as efficient as possible, Kanban Zone’s solution ensures that each Kanban card contains all the details of a work item within a clearly defined process represented on a Kanban board. Clients can create actionable checklists or have discussion threads on the Kanban card, and in turn, these cards flow through the board to visualize the status of a work item within the overall process. Moreover, what sets Kanban Zone apart is its focus on guiding clients to adopt the same Kanban philosophy that allowed Toyota and others to build great efficiency within their processes by identifying bottlenecks and continuously improving their flow of work.

Dimitri mentions the case scenario of a leading global electronics manufacturer that decided to adopt the Kanban methodology to ensure a successful digital transformation.


We provide the most effective online Kanban tool on the market, allowing you to create any Kanban system you can imagine and Kanban experts to help you be successful

The client chose to partner with Kanban Zone to transform their digital practices and improve the entire flow of work. Using Kanban’s methodology, social media presence, advertisements on television, radio, and online, or any other digital media from the client were done by mapping every process related to their digital practices on multiple Kanban boards. Since the client’s different digital teams, such as their social media and creative teams, depended on each other, Kanban Zone’s solution enabled better collaboration. Today, if the client wants to launch a new product or promote an existing one, all they have to do is create a single card, which is at the highest level of the organization containing the details of the campaign. Then the different teams support their cards to ensure full alignment to the original card. And by connecting all the cards on the boards together, they are able to work in sync toward the same goal. Moving ahead, Kanban Zone has developed what the company calls a Portfolio Kanban system, which aims to revolutionize project management using Lean thinking and Agile to deliver value faster to customers.

These Portfolio Kanban systems are already helping several of the company’s customers improve collaboration in diverse areas. For instance, a steel contractor is using the system to manage their construction projects, and similarly, an agriculture company is using the system to manage their seeding cycles. Kanban Zone remains committed to helping clients embrace the Kanban philosophy and apply it to improve the way organizations collaborate.

Company
Kanban Zone

Headquarters
Scottsdale, AZ

Management
Dimitri Ponomareff, CEO and Co-Founder

Description
Arizona-based Kanban Zone offers a visual process/project management solution that embraces the Kanban philosophy and helps individuals, teams, and entire organizations improve the way they collaborate in real-time. An important thing to note is that Kanban Zone aims to collaborate with clients that are already knowledgeable about Kanban. For clients new to Kanban, the company provides coaching and training to help them take full advantage of Kanban. A member from Kanban Zone’s team of Kanban experts is assigned to each account to provide hands-on expertise and support, not only to set up the initial system but throughout the journey